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SF Statue Honors Killer Zoo Tiger

'I felt sorry for the sordid and needless way she died,' man says of Tatiana

(Newser) - A San Francisco artist has commemorated the tiger who fatally mauled a teenager at the city’s zoo last Christmas with a statue, the Chronicle reports. “I wanted to do something to commemorate the life and death of this beautiful creature,” Jon Engdahl, 48, said of Tatiana, who... More »

Report Rips Zoo in Tiger Attack

Facility was understaffed and unprepared for emergency

(Newser) - When a 243-pound tiger escaped its pen and began mauling Christmas Day visitors, the San Francisco Zoo was painfully understaffed and ill-equipped to respond to the emergency, according to a new report. "The zoo is too often chasing problems," concluded the independent Association of Zoos and Aquariums of... More »

Big Cats Are Back at SF Zoo

Lions, tigers return to outdoor grottoes after fatal Christmas attack

(Newser) - Seven tigers and lions are back in their outdoor grottoes at the San Francisco Zoo for the first time since a Siberian tiger killed a man on Christmas Day. The pens got a $1.7 million security upgrade after Tatiana escaped and attacked three people. Officials said the enclosure's front... More »

Tiger Attack Probe Suspended

SF police find no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing by victims

(Newser) - The investigation into last month's attack at the San Francisco Zoo has found no conclusive evidence that the victims committed a crime in taunting Tatiana the tiger, and police have suspended the case, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The probe had been focusing on cell phone records and car contents... More »

SF Cops Examine Rock, Branch in Tiger Taunt Probe

Witness reports seeing two victims harassing lions

(Newser) - Police are examining a large rock and tree branch found inside a tiger enclosure at  the San Francisco Zoo to determine if they may have been part of an attack or taunting of the animal that leaped out to kill a teenager last month, reports CNN. A witness reported seeing... More »

Tiger Survivors' Lawyer Ready to Pounce

Hotshot attorney Mark Geragos slams 'deficient' SF Zoo

(Newser) - Two brothers who survived an attack from an escaped tiger at San Francisco Zoo have hired hotshot lawyer Mark Geragos, ABC News reports. Geragos, whose high-profile clients have included Michael Jackson and wife-killer Scott Peterson, seems to be getting ready to give the zoo a mauling with a major lawsuit.... More »

Police Logs Detail Chaotic Response to Escaped Tiger

Skeptical first report slowed response

(Newser) - The first chaotic hour after an escaped tiger at the San Francisco Zoo killed a 17-year-old man on Christmas is revealed in riveting detail in the transcript of the police log released by authorities yesterday. The report shows that zoo employees first thought the injured man who reported the escaped... More »

Zoo: Killer Tiger Was Provoked

Shoe, blood by fence indicate a visitor may have dangled leg

(Newser) - The victims of the Christmas Day tiger mauling may have tried to climb into the animal’s enclosure, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Police have found a shoe and blood near the cage moat, and a footprint on the fence. “Somebody really agitated her and gave her some method... More »

Killer Tiger's Escape a Mystery

Deadly San Francisco Zoo attack being treated as crime scene

(Newser) - The San Francisco Zoo remained shuttered today as investigators and grieving family alike struggled to understand how a Siberian tiger was able to escape her cage and maul 17-year-old Carlos Souza to death. "This is very rough on us," said an uncle. "He was a great kid.... More »

SF Zoo Probes Deadly Tiger Attack

Investigation focuses on animal's escape route over wall, moat

(Newser) - Investigators are attempting to figure out how a 350-pound Siberian tiger escaped her enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo yesterday, crossing a 15-foot moat and scaling a 20-foot wall. The tiger, Tatiana, killed a man and severely mauled two others before being shot and killed by police. The surviving victims... More »

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